Hawk and Horse Vineyard – Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
From the Red Hills AVA in Lake County, California comes a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon that shines brighter than Lake County diamonds! You can taste Napa and Sonoma wines over and over but it doesn’t change the fact that more great wines are coming from other area’s of California as well. The Red Hills AVA is about 25 north of Calistoga and it has seen its share of droughts and fires but continues to produce some elegant award winning wines!
In the glass, garnet in color, almost opaque. The nose is intense with aroma’s of black cherries, blackberries, ripe plums, and anise. Full bodied across the palate, rich with well balanced tannins. Bold flavors of ripe blackberries, cassis, cocoa, tobacco, and forest floor fruits. This Cabernet is not a one horse show, it honestly has a whole stampede of flavors! On the second sip, more flavors of earth was pronounced followed by ripe plum and anise leading to a long, lingering finish. The tannins on the finish are grippy but still nicely balanced and graceful.
I started with a half glass of this Cabernet without decanting but poured again using a Vinturi which really opened this wine up! Don’t miss the lovely character and complexities of this wine so decant, Decant, DECANT! Pair this wine with steaks off the grill, beef, leg of lamb, or a hearty tomato sauce pasta! Or pair with dark chocolate truffles for dessert and experience the true adventures of life! The Hawk and Horse Red Hills Lake County 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is amazing and is a definite 94 points! Drink now (decant) or cellar til 2028……but who can wait? Average of $70 a bottle. WineSplashing!!